Paper Cut-Out Individual Animation

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"When A Story Comes Alive"

Here is an example of what the final outcome might look like (one that I did):

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" from Amanda Kral on Vimeo.

Full lesson plan:

Lesson Plan 1.docx

Grade Level: 3rd Grade
Time Needed: Five Class Periods

Focus: The focus of this lesson is to read and comprehend a children's storybook and be able to bring the narration to life through paper cut outs by incorporating PhotoShop, iMovie, and GarageBand, to make a final animation movie.

a. The students will be able to identify the elements in media arts such as image, sound, space, time, motion, and sequence. (
b. The students will be able to Identify how hardware such as digital still cameras, digital video camcorders, and computers are used for creation of media arts. (
c. The students will create original media artworks to express ideas, experiences, or stories. (

Motivational Resources:
•A PowerPoint will be shown to give some background information on professional animators and different examples of animations by using mediums such as sand, clay, whiteboard, pixilation, and paper cutouts.
•My blog, from this class, will be shown to give examples of simple cut out animations to give the kids a general idea of what an animation is and what this project might look like. These examples will hopefully be an inspiration on what the kids might want to do for their own projects.
•A "how-to" video on paper cutout animation will be shown so they get a brief idea on how the process is done.
•A physical demonstration on the process of how to do a cutout animation will be shown so the students get a fuller understanding on how the process works in creating their own paper cutout animation video.

Art Materials:
•Projector to show PowerPoint and blog to the students
•Familiar children books for students to choose from for their animation videos.
•Storyboard sheets to start brainstorming the narrative and how it will come to life
•Memory Card
•Animation stand (that holds the camera and allows you to shoot your film)
•Construction paper to create characters and scenery
•Pipe-cleaners, fluff balls, plastic eyes
•Any props that you wish to use for your story (carpet for grass, fake flowers, etc.)
•Scissors to cut out characters/objects
•Glue to hold objects together
•Computer access to load pictures
•PhotoShop to create animation
•GarageBand to add music to animation video
•iMovie to add titles, credits, endings, transitions, etc.

Introduction to the Lesson:
Animations were created first by artists who wanted to make characters/objects move with smooth transitions. To do this, they created flip books where drawings were done little by little on each page and when the story was done, you would go back to the beginning and flip through it where you could see your objects move. This is how current movies today were first made before all this new and improved technology was created. Finally, when televisions were invented, cartoons also were created to show on T.V. Many cartoons were first created by flipbooks where the artist would make objects/characters move. When the pictures were all put together, it made a smooth transitional story that came to life. As we all see today, many movies are being created from books that authors wrote and then animators will bring those books to life whether it's realistic (photographic/filmmaking) or fictional (cartoons). So, for this lesson, students will find a book that they really enjoy and make it come to life through an animation. The lesson will start out by doing it the "old fashioned flipbook way" and then later take it to a digital technique by taking photo after photo to make the pictures and narratives come alive through movement.

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